Clinton's campaign chairman denied the campaign was in disarray.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman dismissed newspaper stories that described massive discord among her advisers as “distractions” Wednesday - though he did not address reports that aides are upset with former President Bill Clinton’s recent outspokenness on the campaign trail.
Terry McAuliffe was responding to a story in Wednesday’s New York Daily News that described the campaign in disarray. In the account, the New York senator’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is described as "very engaged and very agitated,” according to an anonymous Democrat quoted in the piece, who added, that Clinton was yelling at [chief strategist] Mark Penn a lot."
The report quoted other supporters who criticized recent Clinton campaign ads, saying they lacked focus.
In a statement e-mailed to reporters, McAuliffe said Clinton had assembled an “outstanding team” that “remains focused on winning votes,” adding that “the President is thrilled to be helping his wife.” He did not address any of the issues raised or incidents described in the piece.
The story follows several similar reports in recent weeks, including an account by Al Hunt of Bloomberg News that described the former president as “bouncing off the walls at the campaign's ineptitude in the past few weeks.”
The same article said that campaign officials were “privately furious” at him for remarks he made about his opposition to the Iraq war.
- CNN Associate Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand